Adriana LaGrange was first elected as the MLA for Red Deer North on April 16, 2019 and appointed as the Minister of Education on April 30, 2019. As a wife, a mother of seven and proud grandmother of seven, Adriana understands the essential role parents play in the development of their children. She has an extensive career in helping those with developmental disabilities, earning her Diploma in Rehabilitative Studies from Humber College.
LaGrange also has a pedigree as an entrepreneur running a family farm, as well as, having owned a trucking company. Previous to becoming an MLA, Adriana was elected as a school board trustee with Red Deer Regional Catholic School Division for over 11 years, as well as, elected as provincial president of Alberta Catholic Schools Trustee Assoc. and national vice president of Canadian Catholic Schools Trustee Assoc. During her time as Minister of Education, she has successfully introduced and passed five significant pieces of legislation including The Education Act, The Choice in Education Act, The College of Alberta School Superintendent Act, The Student First Act and The Reforming Teacher Discipline Act, as well as introducing a new curriculum – reinforcing that parents not government know what is best for their children.
Adriana has successfully overseen a growing Education budget of 8.223Billion in 2019 to 8.8 Billion in the 2023 budget, governed approx. 730,000 students and a workforce of approx. 90,000, as well as, announcing the build of 106 new school projects – all while navigating a once in a century pandemic.
As the MLA, Adriana has worked hard for the citizens of Red Deer North and has been instrumental in getting over 3 Billion dollars worth of infrastructure and funding for much needed services and programs including the 1.8 Billion for the Red Deer Regional Hospital expansion, the new Therapeutic Community, G. H Dawe Centre renovation, Child Advocacy Centre, new schools and so much more. Adriana LaGrange is a woman of faith and integrity and a true servant leader.